Healthy Brigadeiro

Every Brasilian knows that 'Brigadeiro' is an old time favorite. If you are craving for sweet and willing to indulge on some very much worth it little treat, here it comes my ultimate much healthier version: the healthy brigadeiro!

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I teamed up with my Dutch squad, Lonneke and her husband Dirk and after a happy and healthy organic brunch, we had a Brazilian sweet healthy Brigadeiro for dessert. As tradition tells, one must take care of the pans and spoons used for cooking the brigeiros, so like a couple of little happy kids, Lonneke and I enjoyed the leftovers very much!

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So here is my recipe for a healthy brigadeiro:

Healthy Brigadeiro

Author:
Serves: 30m

Ingredients
  • 1 can of Condensed Milk ( you can find it easy at regular grocery stores )
  • full tablespoon Raw Cocoa Powder
  • full tablespoon Coconut oil
  • Toppings as you wish: Shaved Coconut, chocolate covered chia seeds or cocoa nibs are the best.

Instructions
  1. Put 1 tablespoon of the coconut oil to hit up on a small pan and before is too hot, add the condensed milk and warm up the whole mixture. Add the cocoa powder before is too hot, and make sure to spread it well. After adding the cocoa you must incorporate the powder to the mix, be careful to not form crumbs, it must be stirred for a while and consistently. You will know when its ready because the mass will become uniform and it will stick out from the botton of the pan.
  2. Put it to rest/ chill and after spreading it on a surface. after that grease your hands with coconut oil , it helps to roll the sweet without sticking. Nice and easy!

 

 

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Let's everyone have a great summer!


Top model Lisalla Montenegro

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 Lisalla Montenegro, a 23 year Brazilian girl,  has been modeling for almost 10 years. She is adventurous, passionate for sports and a healthy lifestyle. We asked her what she has been up to, and what she is planning in the future. And of course how healthy & green she lives everyday!

OYL: When did you start modeling?

Lisalla: I Started Modeling when I was 15 years old. Everyone around me told me that I should look for a modeling agency, So when I turned 15 I did a photoshoot to celebrate my 15th,  After that I showed the pictures to my family and friends and  their reactions were all the same: "You were born to be a Model!" After that I went to an agency in my city. After signing with an agency I was called to participate in the Beauty Contest –Miss Goias- 2004.

Lisalla for Maybelline

OYL: What was your favorite job so far?

Lisalla: In my carrier I have been luck to work with amazing people and did a lot beautiful campaigns.  I Don’t have one favorite job, all of them were very special for me and I'm really grateful for each one! I do have my favorite places: the Beaches or the locations in my beautiful country, Brazil where I am lucky enough to shoot!

OYL: Are you into healthy and/or Green living?

Lisalla: Yes,I am. I am into to Both, Healthy Living and Green lifestyle. First I take care good care of my body by eating healthy food and working out.  I also like to help our environment by reducing, reusing and recycling.  Saving water,  using energy more wisely.  In My house in Brazil its full of flowers and plants I also teach my family and friends to take care of our environment.

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OYL: What are your dreams for the future?

Lisalla: On of my Dreams is already on the way which is to write a book about how to have a better lifestyle and I believe that anything that you dream about, you have to start with a healthy life. A Better you.

OYL: what are your favorite beauty products?

Lisalla: One of my favorite beauty product is by La Mer: Eye Cream. I use it before bedtime. Over all my favorite beauty treatment it is simple and easy: I drink water all day and always love my beauty sleep.

OYL: What is your life motto?

Lisalla: Live,Laugh and Love.

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OYL: Who is your inspiration?

Lisalla: My Grandmother is my inspiration. She had 13 kids (!) ,loved them more than anything. A wise  loving strong woman. I respect her a lot. I’m like her in a lot of ways, I get bored easily, so I am  always on the go, in action, doing something new or leaning new things that helps me become a better woman everyday…

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OYL: What is your favorite food?

Lisalla: Fruits. I like fruits as my favorite food because I can get almost all my nutrients and vitamins that I need throughout my day.

OYL: Do you support any Charity?

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Lisalla: Yes! Brazil Foundation. Check it out: www.brazilfoundation.org  We do have a Huge Event coming up on September 19.  Get your ticket, it will be unforgettable.

Thank you Lisalla! Good luck on your book and I hope you book many more great campaigns in the future!

Lisalla

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Brasilian Carol & hair dresser Marco Antonio

As a model you need to take care of your hair!

Hello Guys! So happy to be sharing my first post to you all!

As a model I get to work a lot for hair campaigns ( I've been blonde, light brown, dark brown, reddish...)  - so I take extra care about it in my daily routine.
We heard a lot about homemade hair care... many of them really work, some only help a little, but great improvements takes BIG actions! Let's face it , nowadays we got very effective hair treatments/products at the local supermarket and we can use that to make really smart creations at home combining some of them with organic ingredients.

To show you I am really into haircare for my work, look at a few of my advertising campaigns below:

Carol for Wella
Carol for Wella
Carol for Garnier
Carol for Garnier
Carol for Nutrihair
Carol for Nutrihair

My good friend and amazing Brasilian hair dresser Marco Antônio Di Biaggi  (he is the Twitter KING with around 200k followers, nobody beats him ) , gave me some tips that I would like to share with you:

Marco Antonio & I at his salon.
Marco Antonio & I at his salon.

The "must have" product in my opinion and also in Marco's - is the Argan Oil. A variety of brands make this Morrocan oil their main ingredient to help noursering damaged hair. As rich and powerful as the Argan Oil, is the coconut oil, the quinoa oil and the grape seed oil. Hair products containing these ingredients can be find in stores such as AéSOP, Lush and Whole Foods Market.

So here it goes my first tip: Take your regular moisturising/ hydrating treatment mask you're used to and add 3 to 5 drops of the Argan Oil to a little amount on the palm of your hand, apply on your hair as usual and leave it for 15-20 minutes washing away later then. Marco Antônio says that for better results you may start the treatment with previous cleaned hair.

As a brasilian girl, I LOVE coconut water! I've tried combining the power of the coconut oil and the coconut water itself and I found very satisfying results. So just leave 5 drops of the coconut oil acting on the lenght of your hair for 20 minutes and then wash it away with coconut water from the coconut. WARNING! Do not use those coconut water sold in boxes!! The idea is to be totally organic and this water contains a bunch of other ingredients such as added sweteners or preservatives which doesn't any good for the hair.

Today's final tip is to complement two strenghts : Olive oil and raw honey. Olive oil is good for conditioning and dandruff control, and the honey attracts and holds moisture - perfect for damaged and dry hair. Mix it up 1/2 cup of honey and 1/4 cup of olive oil , then warm it in a microwave for 15 seconds. Apply a small amount of the mixture on damp hair down to its ends. Cover the hair with a towel and have it for 30 minutes. Finalize giving it a nice shampooing, rince and dry. You will feel the difference from the very first touch!

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Me with a friend at a photo shoot with my hair done.

I use these recipes every once in a while and look how beautiful and healthy my hair looks!!

Thanks Marco Antônio for the tips!

Kisses, Carol

Healthy hair for every day!